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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Juletræ

It's nearly Christmas, which means it is safe to bring the tree inside the house. We have a tradition in my family that us kids travel home to decorate our tree, while the parents ply us with drink and Lucia buns for our trouble.

Scandinavian Christmas trees are a bit different to London ones; everything is red and gold, hearts are a legit Christmas motif and the most respectable trees are decorated with things handmade by the previous generations.

Here are a couple of shots of ours:

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Scandinavian Christmas tree



Thursday, 24 July 2014

Absinthe at Bar Marsella in Barcelona

It is sometimes hard to define charm. In old novels, people call women charming when they aren't beautiful or smart, but still have a certain draw, despite all their imperfections. Charm seems to be attraction against your better judgement.

If that's the case, then Bar Marsella in Barcelona is the ultimate 'charming' bar. On paper it's a paint peeling, tobacco stained tourist trap selling rip off absinthe and sugar cubes to exchange students and Hemmingway fans. On paper, it's not a place I bothered to visit the first four times I came to Barcelona. But this year I did visit and the charm got me:

 



More about Bar Marsella in the New York Times.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Artist Textiles - Fashion and Textile Museum, Bermondsey Street

There is something compelling about repeat pattern.  If you agree, the current exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum on Bermondsey Street on artist-designed textiles is a treat, whether you are an art lover, a fashion follower or both.

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A super-cute Zandra Rhodes lipstick print dress









Amazing Andy Warhol ice cream print - designed for a friend's restaurant!




Picasso lounge suit, perfect for the 70s society hostess


Picasso sun dress
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Monday, 31 March 2014

Decorating inspiration from Graceland

Our visit to Memphis included many awesome experiences. Visiting Graceland was always on the list (how could it not be) but none of our group are bona fide Elvis fans so it felt like a little bit of a tick box thing. Especially as we did it an hour after a visit to the Full Gospel Tabernacle where we heard Al Green sing a bit of 'I'm so tired of being alone'. But more on that later...
 

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Graceland turned out to be a pretty special place, the highlight being the outrageous interior decor which was oddly inspiring. I wonder if a terrace house in Croydon would look good with a jungle room? I also now want a bar in every room and a triple TV media lounge. In yellow and navy blue, of course.

Check out the photos below...


Kitchen





Jungle Room*

*Yup, like in the Cher song





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Television Room





Billiard Room



 Dining room and lounge



Sunday, 30 March 2014

Maltby Street Market and LASSCO Ropewalk

These are some photos taken during a quick walk around Maltby Street Market on Saturday. The place is getting so popular and there are better stalls every time we come. (Pro-tip: have a lie-in, go late and get BOGOF bread from the lovely people at Comptoir Gourmand).



We also visited LASSCO Ropewalk for the first time. This is the latest outlet of the famous salvage company. The Bermondsey shop is a bit of a wonderland of old school furniture (including some desks with very rude graffiti on them), old flag, baths and doorknobs. I'm not making it sound as good as it is, so I should also mention that it has a secret room where you can listen to live jazz and take swing dance lessons. The whole shops reminds me of a more practical version of the legendary antique shop, Uncommon Objects in Austin, Texas. I have a feeling that I'll be spending a lot of any available disposable income here once I move into out new house.





 I also spotted this aggressively hip collection of novelty pigs.



After walking around for a while and eating a lot of bread, we were tired and in need of feeding. So we swooped in on Pizza Lupa London Bridge for their little known collection-only offer (17 inches of pizza for less than £12). We then consumed this in a park with beers. Fine holiday fun!